Chicago has a reputation for having terrible weather in the winter, and believe me it is well deserved. There is one great side effect; we have to have lots of indoor activities to keep us entertained during the winter. That means we have great restaurants, lots of shopping, a vibrant theater scene and best of all, world class museums. Unfortunately many of the museums can be very expensive, luckily for Illinois residents there are some free days. Apologies to all of you out of state residents but we have enough financial problems without letting you in for free.
The free museum days in Chicago usually only include general admission and special exhibits will cost extra.
The following are free days at some of Chicago’s most popular museums.
The Field Museum- November 10, 13, 17.
The Art Institute of Chicago- Every Thursday from 5:00 pm until 8:00 pm.
The Museum of Science & Industry- November 4 and December 9.
The Shedd Aquarium- November 4, 11, 18, 25 and December: 2, 9, 16, 23, 30.
Adler Planetarium- November: 4, 5, 6, 11, 12, 13, 18, 19, 20.
The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum- Thursdays are suggested donation days.
The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago- All Tuesdays are free.